Cozumel Mayan Encounter

Make chocolate, eat corn, dance to drums. Be Mayan.

$17.00

You'll feel like a real Mayan on this interactive encounter, wandering through a village where the rich local history and culture is laid out before you.

After being shown how to paint your face in traditional Mayan colors, your guide will take you from workshop to workshop, in thatched palapa huts, where you'll get a true sense of how this mystical civilization lived (and still lives).

Sip a traditional chocolate drink, invented by Mayans over 2,000 years ago, and recreated by you now by grinding cacao beans with your own hands.

Prepare corn using a centuries-old Mayan technique, and make your own hand-cooked tortillas to try with delicious authentic local toppings.

Following a break for a theatrical performance complete with Mayan smoke and drums, there are more work-shops to enjoy, including seeing how honey is made by stingless Mayan bees, how clothes are made from agave plants and how natural chewing gum is made from ancient trees.

To round things off you'll be shown how an age-old ball game is played, enjoyed by Mayan thousands of years before NFL or baseball were invented.

The complete visit lasts about 60 minutes, and you'd never imagine you could pack so much in about the captivating lives of the Mayan people.

You can stay longer if you wish, and don't miss the little thatched gift store at the end, where you'll find the unique keepsakes and presents you've been searching for all vacation.

This visit is not offered by cruise lines or package vacation agencies and is not a superficial Mayan theme-park. Instead, you can expect a fun, authentic, hands-on Mayan experience. It's designed by experts in pre-Hispanic Mexico who have a desire to share their knowledge with you.

You can easily take a taxi or drive a rental car to get there, or it makes a great stop on our Private Taxi Tours and Wheelchair Accessible Tours.

Don't miss out. Come and learn. Come and be Mayan!

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Duration

Approx. 2½ hours (transport included) or 1 hour (visit only)

Date & Times

Monday to Saturday

Packages with transport included start at: 9.30am, 11am or 1pm

If you make your own way there you can arrive any time between 9am and 4pm, and visits start every 30 min.

Pricing

Package with transport:

Adults and children (5 years or over), $49 each - minimum 4 people.

Infants (0-4 years), Free

Entrance only:

Adults and children (5 years or over), $17 each

Infants (0-4 years), Free

Age Limit

None

Language of Tour

English

Notes

What to bring:

Comfortable clothes and shoes, sun protection, bottle of water.

What’s included:

Guided tour of the replica Mayan village, variety of work-shops and food/drink samples, theatrical performance, wheelchair access.  Transport from cruise pier or hotel (package with transport only).

Not included:

Souvenirs, additional drinks, food and optional tips.

Local Operator Information:

Complete operator information, including directions and local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your E-ticket.

Important:

Bookings and deposits are non-refundable and non-changeable. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will be charged at full price. Reservation subject to our reservation policy here.

Meeting Point

If you book the package with transport included then you will be picked up at your cruise terminal or hotel.

It also makes a great stop on our Private Taxi Tours and Wheelchair Accessible Tours. Or you can book a rental car with us to get there or simply take a taxi.

If you make your own way there then you'll find the village on the road from downtown to the east coast, about a 20-30 minute drive from the cruise terminals, a 20-40 minute drive from hotels in the southern hotel zone, a 20-30 minute drive from hotels in the northern hotel zone or a 15 minute drive from downtown.

Restrictions

Minimum 4 people (5 years or over) for package with transport included.

What to bring:

Comfortable clothes and shoes, sun protection, bottle of water.

What’s included:

Guided tour of the replica Mayan village, variety of work-shops and food/drink samples, theatrical performance, wheelchair access.  Transport from cruise pier or hotel (package with transport only).

Not included:

Souvenirs, additional drinks, food and optional tips.

Local Operator Information:

Complete operator information, including directions and local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your E-ticket.

Important:

Bookings and deposits are non-refundable and non-changeable. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will be charged at full price. Reservation subject to our reservation policy here.

If you book the package with transport included then you will be picked up at your cruise terminal or hotel.

It also makes a great stop on our Private Taxi Tours and Wheelchair Accessible Tours. Or you can book a rental car with us to get there or simply take a taxi.

If you make your own way there then you'll find the village on the road from downtown to the east coast, about a 20-30 minute drive from the cruise terminals, a 20-40 minute drive from hotels in the southern hotel zone, a 20-30 minute drive from hotels in the northern hotel zone or a 15 minute drive from downtown.

Package with transport:

Adults and children (5 years or over), $49 each - minimum 4 people.

Infants (0-4 years), Free

Entrance only:

Adults and children (5 years or over), $17 each

Infants (0-4 years), Free

Minimum 4 people (5 years or over) for package with transport included.

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